How different is it to directly report to the CEO than any other boss?

It’s pretty different.

If you report to the CEO, you’ll learn how a business really works.  You’ll get to be, at least a tiny little bit, a part “owner” of the company’s strategy and vision.  You’ll understand how d**n hard it is really to be a CEO.  You’ll understand strategic and tactical trade-offs in a way you’ll never understand reporting to a VP or Director.

But …

You won’t get much hands-on mentoring … if any.  You won’t get any help building your tactical skills, usually.  You’ll almost certainly have to build all your skills on your own — including management.  Which is really hard.

I never reported to a VP.  I did OK but I wish maybe I had.

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Published on October 30, 2015

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